Sunday, April 4, 2010

NileGuide's iPhone Travel App

More iPhone Travel Apps

Travel apps for the iPhone seem to be all the rage lately and now there are two more on the market. Apps from NileGuide and Gliider are great apps for people who enjoy traveling.

NileGuide's new app, called What's Next, uses iPhone's GPS technology to make suggestions to people in over 290 locations throughout the world. Looking for a nearby attraction, restaurant, hotel? Maye it's a kid-friendly spot, or maybe a place to go for a little romance you need? This app's got you covered. What's Next provides information from over 30 of NileGuide's partners, including TripAdvisor, Wine Travel Guide, and Citysearch. As a matter of fact, you can get most of the same information that's available on NileGuide's original website. However, if you're looking to access your NileGuide itineraries, you'll need to get the company's other app: Guide to Go.

The app's content is organized into categories such as Restaurants, Hotels, Nightlife, and Things to do, and once you enter into a category, you'll see a list of attractions sorted by "top picks." These are chosen by online reviews, awards, and your preferences. You can sort the attractions by which ones are located closest to you, and by other categories such as "hip" or "off the beaten path."

Once you pick the place you'd like to learn more about, you'll be presented with a picture, along with the address and phone number (the phone number is clickable), the place's website, and a review from a "local expert" or one of the partners. You can save each place to a list, if you'd like, or see the place (and your entire list) plotted on a map. While looking at the map, you'll be able to see other nearby places and click on them, as well.

According to the New York Times, in April, the company plans to add events such as concerts and plays to the app, allowing you to purchase tickets. What's Next will cost you $2.99.

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